Mansfield Shire communities and services were busy last year. Seventy-one new babies were supported by Council’s Maternal and Child Health service; more than 17,000 visits to our swimming pool; we returned 131 registered cats and dogs to their owners; provided 4,456 community meals and more than 3,400 people attended programs at our library.
These are just some of the facts and figures from Council’s Annual Report which will be presented to the 15 October Council meeting.
Mayor, Cr Harry Westendorp said Council staff had delivered another solid year of service to the community.
“On behalf of the councillors, I would like to thank our staff and management for their contributions and dedication to our community. We continue to focus on Mansfield being an inclusive, dynamic and prosperous place where community spirit is strong. When you look at the Annual Report’s overview of what Council worked on last financial year, you will see the breadth of our services and how many times residents interact with Council throughout the year.
“I’d also like to thank and acknowledge the great support of our 138 registered volunteers who provided 3,473 hours of service to our community. This is a very important contribution which does enhance life in our Shire.
Cr Westendorp said the financial data also confirms Council’s strong position with a surplus for the year of $5.2million, compared to a budgeted surplus of $2.4million.
“The biggest contributor to the increase in the surplus was the handing over to Council of the road, drainage and footpath infrastructure from completed subdivision works at Highfield Estate, Stockmans Rise, Loyola Run and The Grange developments in Mansfield and Mountain View Estate in Tolmie,” Cr Westendorp said.
“However, Council’s Capital Works expenditure was $2.9m less than budgeted, mainly due to delays in projects that are now being actioned.
“Council has called for tenders for the sealing of Withers Lane. We will also be reconstructing some of Barwite Road and building Lords Pavilion. The installation of heating and cooling at the Mansfield Sporting Complex is underway which will make participating in, and supporting sport, much more comfortable for residents.
Cr Westendorp said a major task on Council’s agenda throughout last year was the application for the rate variation, engaging the community and then administering the change.
“It addressed many of our Council Plan strategic directions; participation and partnerships, financial sustainability and responsible leadership and gives our ratepayers full transparency of our income streams and our costings.”
For more information contact: Cr Harry Westendorp - 0428 975 279
Mansfield Shire Council's 2018-19 Annual Report can be viewed here. Hard copies are available upon request by contacting Council on 5775 8555.